England Halts 'Big Brother' Regs

privacy       2002-06-18 
Britain shelved controversial plans on Tuesday to allow a wide range of authorities to pry into people's private lives after a furious response from civil liberties groups and opposition politicians.
Under a law passed two years ago, information about private telephone calls and e-mails can be demanded by the police, tax authorities and security services for reasons such as national security or serious crime prevention.